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It's Not Time To Panic Yet For The Defending Champion Heels

LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 05: Marcus Ginyard #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on during the game against the  Kentucky Wildcats on December 5, 2009 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 68-66.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Anthony TasteContributor IJanuary 6, 2010

It's been 2 days since North Carolina had a really bad and maybe even embarrassing loss at the hands of an unranked previously 7-6 team from the Southern Conference in College of Charleston. College Of Charleston is the Southern Conference's leader and the favorite to clinch the conference's automatic bid, and they do have talent knocking off Stephen Curry-led Davidson team twice last year including beating them to make the SOConference finals but the point is when you are the North Carolina Tar Heels you are not supposed to lose to College of Charleston. I don't think there is a reason to panic yet though. The young and inexperience Heels were playing without their senior leader and best perimeter player Marcus Ginyard as well as without Will Graves on the perimeter. The Heels had about a 7 point lead with under 4 minutes left and blew the lead and a somewhat miracle shot by C of C's leading scorer Andrew Goudelock sent the game into OT. Turnovers plagued the Heels again as did poor foul shooting in the 1st half of the game. Even at that the Heels shouldn't have let C of C stick around this far into the game. There isn't a reason to panic yet though since 3 of the Heels 4 losses were against Top 10 teams in virtual road games against Texas in Dallas,at Kentucky,and against Syracuse at the Garden. The young Heels also noticed up 2 great wins against Ohio State in the Garden,and against a #10 ranked Michigan State team. With the best froncourt in the nation and the team gaining more experience under their belt they will still be around and tough to beat come NCAA Tournament time. The Heels should beat Virginia Tech at home to start the ACC season, than travel to face a tough Clemson opponent who they've consistently beat throughout the years and a tough Georigia Tech opponent at home. North Carolina does have the best froncourt in the nation and that will help as well as getting their guards back. This team could still and I believe still will win the ACC title this season. Last year Kansas as the defending national champion lost a tough game to Syracuse early in the season and got upset by an under .500 UMass team, and also lost to a middle of the pack Pac 10 Arizona team and managed to be fine winning the Big 12 and making the NCAA Tournament and Sweet 16 as a 3 seed. I can see this years Tar Heels team doing the same. There's no reason to panic. Roy Williams is a great coach and will have them playing well again.

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